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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 16, 2010 by pastoralb

Hi all! I hope that life is treating you well as we head toward autumn.

I recently heard a sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14. This is the passage on the valley of dry bones. It really struck me because there are times when we are down and out and feel like there is no way to get out of the rut we are in. We look up and may see a glimmer of light, but can’t seem to crawl up to where the light is coming in from. This can be the case in life, in business, or in both.

In this passage, Ezekiel sees all of this desolation in the wasteland before him. He is walking on bones and as they crunch under his feet, it had to have looked like all hope was lost. God, however, had other plans. He asked Ezekiel if he thought those dry bones could live again and Ezekiel replied that only God knew. Are there areas where you look and can only seem to see dry bones with no hope of success or revitalization?

God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones and he did. The bones came together and were covered in flesh. He then told Ezekiel to prophesy again and life entered them and they came to life – “a vast army”. God promises then that he will bring life back to His people and that they too will live again. It’s important that we remember this promise as we start to let life get the best of us and feel despair.

Another key factor, I think, is that rather than God bringing these bones to life of his own volition, he told Ezekiel to first prophesy to the bones. We can see examples of this throughout the Bible and throughout life. Rather than pulling the Hebrews out of Egypt, he told Moses to go get them. Rather than bringing down the walls of Jericho, he had Joshua march around them. Although God is certainly capable of miracles, they almost always start with us.

Whether we are praying for ourselves or for someone else, we have to remember this – God works through us. If we are his hands and feet as the body of believers, we have a responsibility to DO the Word so that what we hope for can come to fruition. So, if you think that things can’t improve, get on your knees and pray, then get up and through the grace of God, make it happen! Remember, the getting up part is the key and no matter what things look like around us He has the final say over the outcome!

Just a thought . . .


* The majority of First Step Ministries funding comes from wedding services. If you are getting married in the Chicagoland area and need a wedding minister, you can find us at .

Time to Rise!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 6, 2010 by pastoralb

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:9-10

As Christians, we have a promise that God will provide and that we will have lives that are full and abundant. It is time to claim those blessings as business owners and professionals and to make our lives and businesses the best that they can be. It is time to have lives free of mediocrity and despair. It is time to succeed and to show the world that we have attained what we have because of the blessings of God!

As Paul said to the Galatians, we are to do good. We have a great opportunity to do good for our communities, our children, our neighbors, and the generations that will come after us through our businesses. This is especially true for fellow believers, and we should therefore help our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ by patronizing each other’s businesses and providing valuable information and support for one another. These are the missions of the Christian Business Society.

Many of us are in a slump. We have dreams that seem miles away because we have pushed them aside as a result of the economy or just fear of failure. Let me tell you now friends that it is time to get back up and lay claim to the blessing that He has promised us! DO NOT go through life wondering what might have been. Take the gifts that God has given you and do something amazing. You will be forever glad that you did. Remember, “At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

As a pastor, as a fellow Christian, as a friend, it is my commitment to see that you get there . . .

Pastor B

*First Step Ministries is funded in part by weddings. If you need a wedding minister in the Chicago or northern Illinois area, see our site at

Where are We?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 16, 2010 by pastoralb

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

I finally got some R&R this past week. I spent some time in Japan just relaxing with my kids. While I was there, we went to see the Vienna boys choir. It was very nice, but it got me thinking (as most things do). What happens to these boys once they hit puberty and their voices change? Do they go on to join other notable choirs or are they pretty much finished? What kind of lives do they go on to live?

Paul talks about races quite a bit throughout the New Testament. All of us have been given a race to run and a prize to win at the end of that race. How many of us know what that prize is? Do we know how far we have come and where the finish line is? Are we even running any more or have we just given up settling for a life of mediocrity?

Let’s all take a good assessment of ourselves so that we can answer the question: Where are we? After all, if we don’t even know where we are in the race, how do we know how far we have to go? If you aren’t sure what you should be running toward, take some time to get reset and reenergized. Then, be sure to get started at what ever it is. Sometimes the most important thing is starting. Let’s get back on the track and start running!

Just a thought . . .

Pastor B

*First Step Ministries is funded in part by weddings. If you need a wedding minister in the Chicago or northern Illinois area, see our site at